Photo Courtesy of artist, Jen Stark.
Hiding under your work- chair blanket day-dreaming about a tropical escape? Watching your skin get paler by the second? Us too. If you planned right, this weekend you’re headed to Miami, Florida for Art Basel. It’s that time of year when one of the largest contemporary and Modern Art exhibits in the world travels annually from it’s birthplace of Basel, Germany to sunny Florida. The streets of South Beach become flooded with artists, bloggers, editors, foodies and other “creative types” for 4 days of exhibits and parties. So, get ready for your Instagram feed to be taken over by South Beach geo-tags…
Planning a last-minute trip? We got you! Or check out these places on Instagram, to stay “in the know” this weekend (while not physically being there #FOMO).
WHERE TO STAY:
1 Hotel South Beach: This hotel is not only breathtaking, it is sustainable, by using natural, eco-friendly elements wherever possible. Think… hemp-blend mattresses, farm to table restaurants and energy saving initiatives to reduce waste. Note-worthy details? Hangers are made from 100% recycled materials, and room keys are re-used wood! Book through this hotel and they will donate to Housing Works on your behalf. IT’S (SERIOUSLY) COOL TO BE KIND.
The Palms is a retro, upscale hotel that has a stamp of approval from Florida’s Green Lodging program. How they do it? The furniture is made of 65% sustainable materials, you only get a straw if you ask for it, and they give old towels and linens to homeless shelters. The Palms also engages seasonally in a beach cleanup day to help keep Miami’s good looks. Consider us, SOLD!
Shore Club incredible art-deco decor will impress you, but their eco-friendly initiatives will blow you away. This hotel group donates unused toiletries and mattresses to the needy, and uses locally sourced and seasonal produce (with more vegetarian options than not), to stay sustainable. Guests can also cruise South Beach on complimentary hotel bikes. Sorry, Uber!
WHERE TO EAT WHEN THERE IS NO BY CHLOE. (IT’S OKAY, YOU CAN CRY FIRST):
plnthouse: You will definitely have one (or a few) late nights in Miami. Nourish your body and mind with healthy, raw and cooked plant-based eats, in this airy, beach-side restaurant. You can’t beat their Tropical Pitaya smoothie bowl for brunch, with a side of avocado toast, of course! You’re gonna want a Ginger + Turmeric Shot to help ease the pain, also.
Full Bloom: Located bay-side (you’ll be happy to escape Collins Ave, for a minute), this gourmet, kosher and 100% vegan restaurant makes food that is almost too pretty to eat! Try their Tempeh shitake Fried Rice, with Lemongrass Sweet Ginger Soy. YUMMMMMMM!
Call the doctor! When the weekend is over, detox with Dr. SMOOD. This all-organic health-food boutique, with 5 locations in Miami (there are also NYC locations, too!) will cure and re-set your system.
Sweat Records: The heat, the dancing…prepared to sweat in more ways than one! Sweat Records is Miami’s first and only vegan espresso bar! Get your caffeine fix with their Unicorn Love Bomb (double espresso shot topped with vegan marshmallows), while browsing rows of vinyl.
WHAT TO DO:
When you’ve finished cruising around the massive Art Basel exhibits (pre-buy your tickets cheaper here!), and are ready for your next hefty dosage of that Florida Vitamin D, make your way over to Miami’s coolest neighborhood, Wynwood. Here, you’ll be amidst endless breweries, trendy shops and restaurants. The real highlight (you literally cannot miss) is the graffiti art covering almost every square inch of this area. Yes, we know what you’re thinking, it’s an Instagramer’s dream world! The Wynwood Walls are a must-see, by traditional and progressive art-lovers, alike!
Check out Miami’s new Design District, for luxury shopping and a tour of some smaller exhibits below:
- “ABSTRACT / NOT ABSTRACT” at The Moore Building presented by Larry Gagosian Gallery and Jeffrey Deitch.
- “The Everywhere Studio” at the new, Institute of Contemporary Art (it literally opened a week ago!) explores the significance of the artist’s studio (also love the FREE admission).
- More of a 3D person? Design Miami is a short walk from Art Basel, and is the premier marketplace for collectible design, including furniture, lighting and objets d’arte.
Will Smith said it best, “I’M GOIN’ TO MIAMI. WELCOME TO MIAMI!”